Graham Bonnet's discography is quite impressive. In 1979 he got his breakthrough when he did vocals on Rainbow's album "Down to Earth". The album produced two smash hits Since You´ve Been Gone
and All night Long
Bonnet only did one album with Richie Blackmore's Rainbow. After "Down to Earth" he recorded this album "Line Up" with a very impressive line-up like the late Cozy Powell, Francis Rossi from Status Quo, Neil Murray and Micky Moody.
"Line-Up" was never released on CD in its original mainstay. However, British label Lemon Recordings has released the album in a nice CD package with liner notes etc.
"Line Up" is a great classic rock album. The album opens with Night Games,
which actually was a top five hit in the UK. Bonnet's voice is superb and he shows vocal diversity on the amazing ballad I´m a Lover
, where he hits some high notes. That´s the Way that it is
is highlight of the album with a catchy melody line.
Bonnet´s vocal talent is undisputable. Mainly the album is classic rock. The rocking S.O.S
. is probably the closest to what Bonnet later did with the guitar based Michael Schenker, Alcatrazz
and Impelliteri. Still "Line Up" deviates from the guitar shred rock - this album is packed with plain well played rock music with outstanding vocals.
Bonnet has not written any of the songs. Bonnet covers two well know classics; The Phil Spector written Be My Baby
and also The Kinks´ Set me Free
Even though "Line Up" was released back in 1981 and today probably would be labeled soft rock you cannot deny talent and great musicians.
When you see Bonnet on the front with his James Dean hair and big shades you know that you easily can buy this album just for the vocals.
Written by Michael
Tuesday, June 5, 2007Show all reviews by MichaelRatingsMichael: 6.5/10
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